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Archives: Jan. 2011

Jan.
31st

Monday Morning QB live chat transcript

Senior Bowl, draft and the Super Bowl are just a few of the topics we can address this morning at 11 a.m.

Jan.
29th

Morning links: Senior Bowl today

Chad Reuter, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, provides a look at what Washington quarterback Jake Locker must do to impress scouts in today’s Senior Bowl, which starts at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

According to Tony Softli, former St. Louis Rams vice president of player personnel, poise in the pocket and running ability when the play breaks down will be keys for Locker.

“He’s a very difficult kid to project as to where he’ll go,” said veteran ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper. “He could go top 10 – it wouldn’t shock me if somebody wanted to roll the dice.”

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Jan.
27th

Hawks announce Tatupu has surgery on both knees

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that linebacker Lofa Tatupu had successful surgery on both knees today.

Team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam handled the procedure at Seattle Surgery Center.

Tatupu had been regularly taking practices off throughout the season to rest his ailing knees. This is the second season the veteran linebacker has needed surgery. Last year the 28-year-old’s season was cut short because of a torn left pectoral muscle and only played in five games last year.

The Seahawks also announced the signing of defensive tackle Jay Alford, safety James Brindley and wide receiver Chris

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Jan.
27th

Morning links: Locker faces up-hill battle

Washington quarterback Jake locker (AP file photo).

Chad Reuter, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, chimes in on Washington quarterback and his plays this week down at the Senior Bowl practices.

Most of the scouts are heading home after Wednesday’s practices. A few coaches and scouts will stick around for the game on Saturday, but most already got their work done during practices earlier this week.

Locker’s evaluation has been mixed this week. Most scouts like his leadership, live arm and athletic ability, but still have real questions about his accuracy and whether he’s a first-round talent.

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Jan.
26th

Morning links: Ex-Hawk DE Reed headed to Chicago

Here are a couple links to check out this morning.

Former Seahawks defensive end Nick Reed has signed a futures contract with the Chicago Bears.

Receiver Mike Williams and defensive end Chris Clemons make the All-Joes team, complied by Nate Davis of USA Today – unheralded prime-time performers in 2010.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee talks to Pete Carroll, who says he has no issues with new San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com writes that Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder and California defensive end Cameron Jordan grabbed the spotlight

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Jan.
26th

Rang on Senior Bowl: O-line steps up

Washington QB Jake Locker (AP Photo/Denis Poroy).

I talked to Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, for a few minutes yesterday about what his happening down at the Senior Bowl this week. Rang is down in Mobile, Ala. scouting the event.

He believes that quarterback, defensive line and offensive line will be the three areas Seattle focus on in the first round. And with quarterback and defensive line generally valued more in the draft, the Seahawks might not have another choice but to select an interior lineman with the No. 25 overall pick.

That’s why right now, Rang has Seattle selecting Florida offensive guard Mike Pouncey (6-4, 310) with its No. 25 overall pick, the twin brother of Pittsburgh rookie center Maurice Pouncey. Rang says that Mike is not as versatile as his twin brother, but still possesses the same toughness, agility and physical play to make a good interior lineman at the next level.

Rang believes that Seattle will have a good shot at picking up a talented interior linemen between the late first, early-to-mid second round. Others to keep an eye on include Wisconsin offensive linemen Gabe Carimi (6-7 1/8, 315) and John Moffitt (6/4, 314), Rodney Hudson out of Florida State (6-2 ¼, 291) and Baylor’s Danny Watkins (6-3 ½, 312).

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Jan.
25th

Morning links: Keep Hasselbeck

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (AP Photo/Ralph Freso).

Even though he sputtered through another so-so season that included a one-month stretch with 10 interceptions and three fumbles, Dave Boling of The News Tribune believes Matt Hasselbeck’s miraculous turnaround in the playoffs showed enough for the team to bring him back as a bridge to the quarterback of the future.

Boling:

“If you can sign him for a reasonable cost for a couple of years, you can draft a prospective replacement and let him be groomed by Hasselbeck. He has said he has no problem with that, and understands that’s a part of the game.

He won’t just step aside, but he also won’t be an obstruction. He might be the ideal veteran to teach a young quarterback what it takes to be a professional – in all the ways that are important.

“I want to win … I’d love to do it here,” Hasselbeck said in a radio interview last week.

Hasselbeck is one of those players with enough perspective to understand that a career is about more than contract figures. But if a competitive team comes calling with a high salary in mind, he’d have to listen.

And that’s why it’s crucial for the Seahawks to fully communicate their plans, and convince Hasselbeck of his value here.

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Jan.
24th

Monday Morning QB live chat transcript

Join me at 12:30 as we talk about Seahawks offseason issues, the draft and the Senior Bowl.